The world is panicking as the coronavirus pandemic is causing disaster from one side to the other. It’s not a surprise that cat owners are left in a state where they are questioning their cats importance.
So is coronavirus contagious from cats to humans and vice versa?
No, for now cats cannot give the coronavirus to humans but humans can give the virus to their cats. This new evidence that shows the virus is transmissible from humans to cats, after two cats tested positive in NY, with their owners already been tested positive for covid-19.
It’s likely that the coronavirus did spread from the owners to their pets, however more studies are being conducted everyday to get an understanding of this new strain of the novel coronavirus 2019 addition.
The new strain of coronavirus (covid-19)appears to have successfully adapted to humans it has become humanized and is therefore looming as an even more severe disease problem than MERS and SARS.
Viruses that have either not fully humanized or adapted.The game changer begins after the latest test that was conducted in china by research specialist that showed cats are able to spread the virus to each other.
During the test a few cats were deliberately infected with high doses of the coronavirus. The infected cats were put in the same area as the non infected cats.After some time RNA was found on a non infected cat. This proves that a viral load was transmitted.
However scientist say this isnt something to panic about as this was a lab test done under certain conditions.On the other hand, people shouldn’t disregard this, as the coronavirus is able to mutate and there is a possibility for the human strain to pass over to pets and the animal strain to mutate and pass on to humans.Cats in specific.
Still, people infected with SARS-CoV-19 should limit contact with their pets. Wash your hands, and don’t let them lick you on the face. If the virus is in your secretions ( body fluids ), and there’s any potential of transmission, these are ways it could be transmitted.
So far they is no concrete evidence that shows pets and humans can transmit the covid-19 virus to each other, but proper hygiene must be practiced.The global health organization have recommended washing hands for 20 seconds regularly throughout the day, as humans and pets are very interactive.
You can also keep kitty clean at all times by using a pet-friendly antiseptic. Like sprays, wipes or solutions. Keep the cats paws and mouth clean at all times.
Tiger that tested positive for covid-19
A tiger at the New York Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first known infection in an animal in the United States or a tiger anywhere in the world. The four-year-old Malayan tiger was among a group of six other animals to have also fallen ill.
The tiger was screened for the COVID-19 disease after developing a dry cough along with three other tigers and three lions.The test result stunned zoo officials, as many found it difficult to believe.
It is believed that the tiger contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time, but nothing is confirmed.
It is still unknown if animals play a role in the transmission of Covid-19 to people. Experts say its nothing to panic about as scientists work hard to discover more about this virus.
It is still recommended that people infected with Covid-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus
Ways to Reduce Interaction from Cats
While there is no evidence to show that the covid-19 virus can spread from humans to pets one must be careful and avoid too much interaction.
This virus is always changing and strengthening we cannot be certain when this change can occur so to be safe you can start by keeping a little distance from your cat.
- Try your best to limit exposure by remaining indoors.
- Dont allow your cat to lick you or get too close to your face.
- Wash hands with antiseptic or disinfectant after playing with your pet. Even though the virus may not be transmissible, the cat could carry the virus on the paws or mouth when outside the house.
- Dont share sleeping wear with you pet and never allow your pet to jump on your bed
- Dont share utensils or any bowls or containers.
- Keep a little distance from daily routines and everyday living.
- Also keep your cat indoors so that they may not interact with other cats. Provide enough entertainment and activities in your home to keep them occupied. Heres 15 indoor activities that your cats will love.
Ways to practice safe hygiene.
While the best way is prevention you cannot hide away from proper hygiene.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds using water and soap.
- Make you own sanitizer by using water combined with antiseptic liquid which can be put into a spray bottle and sprayed on cats paws to kill any bacterial load.
- Give your cat a bath more regularly to remove any viral load or germs.
- Use separate bathing sponges for the cat and never bath together.
- Clean cat litterbox and food bowls daily.
- wash collars and leashes with soap or disinfectant to prevent any transmission
- Using wipes you could help keep kitty clean. The most important parts are the paws nose and mouth.
- Use gloves when handling cat faeces and urine as these waste contain alot of viral load.
How will I know if my cat have the coronavirus?
If you think your cat may have come into contact with the virus or may be infected you must familiarize yourself with signs and symptoms.
It’s very easy to confuse the simple flu for the coronavirus because the symptoms are very similar. However the the coronavirus only displays symptoms days or weeks after being infected.
Symptoms of coronavirus in cats.
- loss of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Breathing difficulties
These are just some of the symptoms. Every cat will react differently to the different strain of the coronavirus according to the strength of their immune system.
Can cats be treated for the coronavirus?
At the moment there is only one case of coronavirus in a cat. The owner of the cat was tested positive for the covid-19 virus after returning from Italy. The cat showed symptoms however, have recovered after 9 days but more test need to be done.
At this stage we dont have concrete proof to say that the cat was in fact infected by the coronavirus as more research need to be gathered.
So far there is no treatment or cure for this virus. The coronavirus is just the categorized name of the virus, however there are many strains of the virus that are different.
If your cat have the virus, it’s best to consult your vet immediately and follow up from there. Your vet may have something to help kitty feel comfortable and to boost their immune system.
The cat will probably be placed in isolation and observed.